Anthony Mathis and Dane Kuiper have known one another since sixth grade. The two Lobo seniors spent their careers at New Mexico as roommates. Kuiper had a great start to his career, getting playing time early. Mathis had to wait. His time on the court was limited three seasons ago under then head coach Craig Neal.
“Those first two years were super tough and everybody was always like, ‘Be patient your time will come, your time will come, just stay in the gym,'” said Mathis. “I was like, ‘Alright. I want my time to be now.'”
Mathis finally got his time and blossomed into the team’s leading scorer by his senior year, averaging over 15 points per game. Both players will have their mind on the business at hand Wednesday.
The Lobos and Boise State are tied for 8th place in the Mountain West along with Colorado State. The Lobos can finish as high as a 7 seed for next week’s Mountain West Tournament or as low as a 9 seed.
Game time at Dreamstyle Arena is 7 p.m. Wednesday night. Mathis and Kuiper will walk down The Pit ramp for a final time.
“It’s a happy-sad feeling,” said Kuiper. “Really, I’m happy to be graduating, you know, getting my degree from a great university, and I’m also sad that I won’t be able to do that anymore, you know. The fans and environment has been a home to me for four years.”
Mathis expressed the same feelings.
“I thought about it a couple of times,” said Mathis. “I mean, it’s probably going to be an emotional night for myself and a lot of my family members. You never want to say goodbye to places like this. It’s going to be a great night.”